This study investigates the proper configuration of an electric propulsion system for a very large ethane carrier. The system consists of a dual-fuel diesel electric generator and a solid oxide fuel cell-gas turbine hybrid system to replace the mechanical propulsion system based on a marine diesel engine. When the ship navigates the open sea, the dual-fuel diesel electric generator and hybrid system run in parallel at a power rating of 16 MW. However, the hybrid system only operates during the berthing state for ship hoteling. The system efficiency, energy efficiency design index, and availability are considered to identify the optimal system configuration. When the dual-fuel diesel electric generator produces 10 MW, the hybrid system generates 6 MW. Because the electric propulsion system complies with international environmental regulations, it may be broadly acceptable for gas carriers in terms of eco-efficiency. The system achieves high availability by using fault tree analysis and minimal cut sets.